Re: [CR]When is a 3Rensho no longer a 3Rensho?

(Example: Framebuilding:Paint)

Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 19:44:15 -0400
To: Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
From: "John Betmanis" <johnb@oxford.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]When is a 3Rensho no longer a 3Rensho?
In-Reply-To: <46E01F70.7040005@swbell.net>


At 10:40 AM 06/09/2007 -0500, LTravers wrote:
>If go to this link,
>
> http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/fujifish1/ID_or_Sale/3Rensho_Aero_SRE/
>
>
>you can see the pictures Mark Agree posted when he was selling the frame
>that clearly show the problem.

This picture shows it best:

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/d/135035-2/3Rensho82_AeroSRE53Fuscia14.jpg

You can see where the tubes buckled and the paint flaked off from a frontal impact. Perhaps the head tube was pulled back out somewhat, but the high alloy steel tubing had work hardened and wouldn't straighten out completely, leaving a little bulge. If the bike rides fine then there's nothing wrong with it as a rider provided the bare metal is touched up. I suppose if you had a lot of time and money burning a hole in your pocket and this really bothered you, you could have the two tubes replaced and the frame refinished, but would it ride any better? Then there's the question of originality of the finish (as well as the tubing) and it will have to be declared as a repaired frame, if you're scrupulous. Methinks leaving it alone is okay.

John Betmanis
Woodstock, Ontario
Canada